Friday, July 8, 2011

Children's Book Review: How Back-Back Got His Name by Thomas and Peter Weck

Author: Thomas Weck and Peter Weck; Illustrations by Len DiSalvo
32 pages, Dust-jacked hardcover, full-color illustrations throughout, Extend the Learning and Activities pages, for ages 4 - 8, 8.5 x 11
ISBN: 978-1-9338721-4-8 $15.95
Pub Date: July 11th, 2011
Published by: Lima Bear Press, LLC
Distributed by: Atlas Books


Can you imagine what it would be like to lose your back!!? Well, that is exactly what happens to Plumpton, the Opossum. Lima Bear and his clever friends become detectives searching for this missing back.

Follow them as they try new and different ways of thinking to solve the mystery. See how they band together to protect each other in times of danger! Will they ever find Plumpton's back?

The take-away message: The tolerance of differences in others yields benefits

My Review:

This story follows Lima the little bear, Plumpton the opossum, Whistle Toe the rabbit and Maskamal the raccoon as they use teamwork to solve problems together.  Each of the main characters are unique, and with their own individual strengths and differences, they make the perfect team. 

If you are looking for a great book to read with your children, that also offers discussion questions that go along with the story, then this is the book for you.  The story teaches your child about friendship, individuality, honesty, teamwork and so much more.  And, to go along with a great story line, the illustrations are spectacular.  They really seem to bring each of the animals to life, only added to the fun of the story. This book is sure to become a family favorite!

About the Authors:

Thomas Weck is a creative and captivating national award-winning author of children's books. He has traveled extensively in the United States and in foreign countries including teaching children through the Peace Corps. With four children of his own and a passion for observing children's behavior, he has distilled these observations into stories that excite the imagination of young minds amidst peals of laughter and learning.

Peter Weck grew up enjoying the wonderful stories his father told about Lima Bear and his friends. Now that he is the father of three young girls, he has teamed up with his father to capture these and other stories in print. Peter's goal is to help children foster a love for creating, reading, andlistening to stories. He currently serves on the board of the Menlo Park Library Foundation and is CEO of StoryJumper, a web-based company that enables anyone to create and illustrate children's stories.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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